3 Detroit Lions who need to turn their seasons around

Detroit Lions kicker Matt Prater (Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports)
Detroit Lions kicker Matt Prater (Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports) /

Here are three Detroit Lions players who need to rebound in 2020

The 3-4 Detroit Lions have arrived at a critical part of their 2020 schedule. With the Lions set to face four-straight opponents who all possess losing records, Detroit can gain some serious ground in the NFC North.

In order to do so, the Lions will need to get better performances from some of their key players. Here are three names fans of the Motor City should hope are able to turn their seasons around soon.

Matt Prater, Kicker

Once considered the Lions’ most consistent offensive weapon, kicker Matt Prater has struggled with accuracy this season. The 36-year old veteran has missed five field-goal attempts through seven games, which ties how many he missed in all of 2019.

Prater has missed one field goal attempt in each of the last three games. If the Lions are going to be playoff relevant in December, they’ll likely need their Pro Bowl kicker playing better to get them there.

Adrian Peterson, RB

Many were shocked when Adrian Peterson was given the bulk of the carries in Detroit over Kerryon Johnson and rookie D’Andre Swift. But his Week One production, 93 yards on 14 carries, seemed to justify it.

Unfortunately, Peterson has been unable to match that early production and has started to wear down recently. Over Detroit’s last three games, the 35-year old has only been able to record 76 total rushing yards on 31 carries, averaging a turtle’s pace of 2.4 yards per carry.

While Swift has seen an uptick of rushing attempts recently, the Lions are still dedicated to getting Peterson his carries. And he needs to do a better job with those opportunities.

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Nick Williams, DT

The Lions signed defensive tackle Nick Williams to a two-year, $10 million contract coming off a 6.0 sack season with the Chicago Bears. Yet, through his first seven games in Detroit, Williams has yet to register a single sack despite being a six-game starter and playing 44% of all the defensive snaps. He’s been able to record just a single QB hit so far this season after registering nine in 2019.